The record for fundraising by a school board candidate just got a little bigger.
District 4 candidate Josh Reimnitz spent nearly $40,000 in winning the hardest-fought of the six district seats on the board filled over the last two election cycles. His year-end campaign finance report shows that Reimnitz raised another $2,764 after his pre-election report was filed. That brings his total to $39,959. He spent $38,871. Reimnitz had already eclipsed the previous record from 2010 set by board member Richard Mammen, who raised $34,523.
Also of note in year-end filings is the disclosure of how much the political arm of the Minnesota Federation of Teachers spent on a late mailer supporting Patty Wycoff, who contested the seat with Reimnitz. The union political fund reported it spent $4,902 for the mailing, but as of the report's cutoff date two months later, the fund hadn't paid the bill of the union mailing house that handled the work. Wycoff's finance report wasn't yet posted.